Update for the week of October 17 - 23, 2019
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Saint Mark UMC
616 Quincy Road
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October 20   

9:00 am 
  Sunday School
for all ages
9:55 am
Fellowship Time  
and Refreshments  
in the Atrium 
10:15 am
10:15 am
Celebration Worship
Saint Mark Center
11:30 am
A Disciple's Path Study
Bess' Table Room 
3:45 pm
In His Eyes (youth)
4:30 pm
Wings 'N Things (youth) 

Quick, easy and available HERE 
Listen to Last Week's Sermon Today 
If you were not able to attend worship on any given Sunday, you can still listen to the sermon.   Click here to select and listen to sermons that you may have missed.
Got Good News To Share With Your Saint Mark Family?   
Good news lifts our spirits. Share your good news with us. We will publish your good news in our "People 'Neath Our Steeple" feature. Your news will be sent out as an email. Click here to share your good news (achievements, births, awards, etc.). Include pictures if you have them. 
Prayer Focus for This Week  
God, am so aware of my human frailty and yet overwhelmed by Your abiding love for me.  
I thank You that there is no human experience that I might walk through where Your love cannot reach me.
If I climb the highest mountain You are there and yet if I find myself in the darkest valley of my life, You are there.  
Teach me today to more fully receive Your love. Help me to rest in that love that asks nothing more than the simple trusting heart of a child.  
In Jesus' name, Amen

Submit Your Prayer Requests
Saint Mark is pleased to receive your prayer requests . . . for yourself or for friends or loved ones.   Click here to submit your request to Pastor Todd Davis.


 Join us for worship 
  THIS Sunday, October 20
"Loved By God"
Traditional Worship
10:15 am in the Sanctuary
"Loved By God - God So Googled the Cosmos" 
bringing the message
Rev. Todd Davis  
Celebration Worship
10:15 am in the Saint Mark Center
"Loved By God - part 2"
bringing the message
Rev. Shawna Darnall


Saint Mark Child Development Center
Parents' Night Out
Friday, October 18 
5:30 - 9:30 pm
Children from infants up to 12 years old are welcome.  The cost is $10 per hour for one child, $15 per hour for two children and and so on.  You pay by the hour.  To make your reservation, or for more information, click here to contact Becca Williams, CDC director.

Elderberries Event
Walhalla Oktoberfest
Scheduled for Saturday, October 19 
Has Been Cancelled 
Various circumstances have come up to lead us to cancel this month's Elderberries event.  1) We haven't had many sign-ups. 2) Weather forecasters expect that there will be a 90% chance of rain on Saturday, and 3) the Clemson football game has been scheduled at 12 noon, the time we were planning to be at the event.  These factors have led to the cancellation. The events in Walhalla will certainly go on, so if you had planned to attend, there is no reason why you couldn't go on your own.  If so, have fun!

Thanks for understanding.  Watch for more fun outings and events with your Saint Mark Elderberries friends. 

We Need Blue and White Wrapping Paper
for our Advent Workshop and Luncheon,  
following our Hanging of the Greens Service  
on Sunday, December 1  
This time together, as a family of faith, will equip us for journeying through the season of Advent, and will help us to prepare our hearts for Christmas!  
We hope every household will plan to decorate a giving box during our Advent Workshop on December 1.  For that reason, we need rolls of blue and white wrapping paper. While you are out shopping, please consider picking up a few rolls, and dropping them off in the collection container in the Atrium between now and Thanksgiving.

LifeTouch Complimentary 8X10 Photos
Are Here for You to Pick Up

If you were to have your complimentary 8X10 portrait sent to the church, two shipments of photos have arrived.  You may pick up your photo in the atrium (on the Welcome Center counter closest to the women's restroom) anytime the church is open.  The photos are in large white envelopes that are in alphabetical order in
a brown accordion folder.  Your name is highlighted in yellow to make it easier for you to find.   
If you don't find your photo, it was likely shipped to your home.   
If you have questions, or if there are problems with your order, click here to contact Marla Fuller.

A Disciple's Path
Continues THIS Sunday, October 20
through Sunday, November 24
11:30 am
Bess' Table Room  
(Room B212, just outside the music suite) 
A Disciple's Path study will continue this Sunday, October 20.

Pat Reynolds is leading the study. It's not too late to join. Bring a bag lunch and join the conversation. Next Sunday, October 27, the group will meet following the churchwide covered dish luncheon celebrating Stewardship Sunday. Click here to contact Pastor Shawna, or call her at the church office at (864) 882-2603.
Kairos Cookies Are Due!!
By 12 noon on Monday, October 21

Just a reminder, the Women's Kairos Weekend at Leath is October 24 - 27. Cookies, posters, placemats, cards need to be in the Church Office by noon on Monday October 21.

Please remember the entire Kairos team and participants during the Prayer Vigil that begins on Thursday evening and ends on Sunday.  Saint Mark UMW has selected two hours for daily participation: each day (Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday) 7 - 8 am and 7 - 8 pm.

As information, the Saint Mark UMW is sponsoring a Leath resident this month, covering the expense associated with the weekend for that woman.

Got questions?  Click here to contact Becky Hazelwood.
Our October Elderberries Lunch Bunch is NEXT WEEK and will be at Saint Mark in our Commons Room. We will enjoy a taste of fall with a variety of fall soups and apple cider.  Our soups will include
Butternut Squash, Beef Vegetable, and Bean Soup with Ham.  In addition to apple cider, there will be iced tea and water.  
We invite you to bring a salad or a dessert to make the meal complete. There will be no cost for this event.  Won't you come and join us?

Click here to make your reservation.
Last Chance  
To Update Your Contact Information  
for the NEW Pictorial Directory
This is your last chance to make sure that your contact information is correct in our new pictorial directory

Did you drop your land line?  We need to know.  Do you have multiple cell phones in your family?  If you want all of the numbers listed in the directory, make sure we have all of them. Do you have a new email address or a different preferred email address?  Let us know?  Did you adopt a child?  We want to make sure he/she is listed in our directory. 

If you wait past next Wednesday, October 23, it will be too late!! "The ship will sail." Do it now, while you are thinking about it. 

Click here to provide us with those additions and changes. 

Please join us in prayer for the persons and situations listed below:  
Personal Prayer Notes:

Jim Atkinson  - Surgery on knee August 30 at Emory.  At Lila Doyle for Rehab.
Randy Cantrell (member of Margaret Axson's family) - Prayers for healing as he deals with significant pain in his back.
Sarah Dubose - Recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous lesion from mouth.
Daniel Ensign - Son of Lonny Ensign - Prayers for God's peace and care in his life.
Charlie Garcia - Recovering at home from colon surgery on September 26 to repair issues related to Crohn's disease.
Michael May - Son of Bernice May - In hospital undergoing tests for heart issues. 
Bill Nelson - At Seneca Rehabilitation.
Kathryn Newsome - Kathryn Newsome is mother of Kathy Graves' sister-in-law in Dade City, Florida.  She is receiving Hospice care for cancer of the kidney and liver.
Jan Weicksel - Fell on October 5 resulting in two fractures in pelvis and one fracture in clavicle near her shoulder. Has been moved to AnMed Rehab.
Sallie Wigington - Recently diagnosed with non- Hodgkins lymphoma. She cannot receive visitors, but greatly appreciates our healing prayers.
Do you have a prayer request?  Click here to share your request with your church family. 
On Sunday, October 27, 2019, we will worship all together at 10:15 am in the Sanctuary. As part of our worship, you will have the opportunity to complete your faith promise (card) to the work of our Lord at Saint Mark for 2020. We will celebrate our commitment to 2020 following worship by sharing lunch, and our joy together as we strive forward into greater opportunity to change lives in 2020. The lunch is free, your attendance priceless!  
The sermon for that Sunday is titled, "Attitude is Everything!"  The Scripture reference is Genesis 4:1-5, which gives us the story of Cain and Abel's offerings to God, and how God was pleased with one, but not the other.  The main point of the sermon is: God does not want our sacrifices of time, energy and money alone.  What God really wants is our hearts - our complete love and devotion.  And perhaps that is what makes the difference in God's acceptance of what we offer to him.  Attitude really is everything when it comes to our stewardship of God's blessings.  
Your Stewardship Team
Part of our worship experience on Stewardship Commitment Sunday is the opportunity to gather together after worship for table fellowship.  Lunch will be provided by your Saint Mark Stewardship Committee.  The purpose is to celebrate our life together as Saint Mark disciples.  You don't have to be a member to attend.  The meal is for everyone!
Won't you join us??
Fall UMW Fundraiser
Harvest Bean Soup
Sunday, October 27
In the atrium
$8 per jar  
Saint Mark United Methodist Women were so excited about the arrival of Fall, we decided to celebrate "Soup Weather" with a quick fall mission fundraiser! Using a tried and true recipe of our own Jan Weicksel, we assembled 60-quart mason jars of "Harvest Bean Soup". This is a dried mix of pasta, beans, and seasonings, all attractively packaged to give as a gift or keep for a cozy supper on football weekends or for a simple dinner on Thanksgiving Eve. The soup will be sold on Sunday October 27 in the atrium for $8/jar. The soup mixes will also be sold in Saint Mark Center during and after the churchwide Fellowship Luncheon. All proceeds will go to local missions benefiting Oconee County women, children, and youth.
Oh, by the way! We are busy making our Traditional Shortbread Cookies and will begin selling those in December, along with a Spiced Christmas Jam.
Please keep our mission fundraisers in mind as you begin planning your Christmas gift-giving. Please click here to contact Becky Hazelwood with any questions.
Youth, meet at Saint Mark at 4:30 pm in your costume.  Following Wings 'N Things, the group will travel to the Whitesel's home for the party that will end at 7:00 pm. Bring food to share.  Drinks and desserts will be provided.

For more information, click here to contact Donna Poston, our Minister of Youth and College Discipleship.
For more information, click here to contact Rev. Todd Davis.
One of the best ways that we share the love of God and the hospitality of Saint Mark is through our annual community-wide Fall Festival. 
This year we will gather on the front lawn for TRUNK or TREAT, hotdog dinner, a fire pit with s'mores, games, a hayride and more! This event is free and sure to be fun for all ages, so please come and invite your friends!
It takes many hands to make this event possible, so please click here to contact Pastor Shawna to join in the fun!

Watch for how and when you may purchase your tickets.  For more information, click here to contact Dean Garland.
Remember Your Loved Ones With Roses

All Saints Sunday, celebrated the first Sunday of November every year, is a time to honor the memory of loved ones who have passed on before us.

At Saint Mark, our tradition is to mark the occasion with displays of red roses during both services of worship.  You are invited to remember your loved one(s) by reserving one or more roses in their memory.  The name of the deceased may be from any past year.

The cost is only $3 per rose. Make your check payable to "Saint Mark UMC" for Rose Memorial. Our worship team will purchase and arrange the roses on November 3. Please indicate the service in which you want your rose(s) displayed. You are welcome to take your rose(s) home with you after the service.

Click here to order your rose(s) by no later than Sunday, October 27.
Memory Cafe - November Activity
Monday, November 4
1 pm
Commons Room

The group will have fun doing aerobics with Nancy. She is one of our most creative teachers and makes the sessions fun and exciting. Next, the group will sing along with the Saint Mark Gospel Choir, accompanied by Marla Fuller on guitar. Last year, when the Gospel Choir came to lead in singing, most of the silent participants enjoyed singing. Come and join us! We'd love to have you participate.

Memory Café is a place where family caregivers and their loved ones with beginning to intermediate stages of dementia can come together to learn, laugh, cry and meet others in a similar circumstance. For more information on this trip and other coming activities for Memory Café be sure to call Bonnie Holmes, or click here to send her an email.
PLEASE NOTE: Unless someone comes forward to take over the organization and management of our Memory Cafe, the December gathering will be the last time Memory Cafe will meet.  This has been such a wonderful monthly ministry for persons with dementia and their families.  If you feel a nudge to be involved in the continuation of the Saint Mark Memory Cafe, contact Bonnie Holmes using the link above.  
Annual Ministers' Cook-Off
Thursday, November 7
5:30 - 7 pm
Clemson United Methodist Church
Cost: $10 for 10 coupons

It's time to support Pastors Todd and Shawna again at the annual Ministers' Cook-Off, Thursday, November 7, from 5:30 - 7:00 at the Clemson United Methodist Church.  Tickets are on sale in the church office.  Tickets are $10 each and provide you with 10 coupons at the Cook-Off to sample delicious servings from the kitchens of local pastors. 

As of today, 13 churches are participating but it's possible we will end up with 14 or 15.  There will be salads, vegetables, breads, main-courses and desserts.  Please buy your tickets today and come support our pastors and Saint Mark.  All proceeds go to Safe Harbor Upstate Shelters for victims of domestic violence.  
If you are paying by check, please make out to C.A.C.I.T.  (Clemson Area Congregations in Touch.)  If you have questions, contact Debbie DuBose, Saint Mark's representative on the Ministers' Cook-Off committee at (864) 247-0189.
Life Line Screening
Wednesday, November 20
Saint Mark Center

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at Saint Mark. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.

Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).   All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  

There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free  1-888-653-6441 ,visit their website at http://lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word "circle" to 797979.
Wings for the Lord Lunch Theater
"Uncle Phil's Diner/Homecoming Banquet"
Sunday, November 24
11:30 am
Saint Mark Center
Tickets: $10 each
$5 for children 10 years old and under

It's just about time to reserve your tickets for the next great production by our Wings for the Lord youth choir, a 1950's musical comedy Uncle Phil's Diner/Homecoming Banquet. This show with a message is scheduled for Sunday, November 24, at 11:30 am, following one combined service in the sanctuary.

Tickets are $10.00 ($5 for children 10 and under) and will be sold in the atrium, Narthex  November 3, 10 and 17.  Or click here to make your reservations online.

Proceeds for this event will go toward the Wings for the Lord 2020 summer mission tour. Please come and enjoy the fun.

Got questions?  Click here to contact Donna Poston.
Saint Mark UMC Women's Retreat
February 21-23, 2020
Bonclarken Conference Center
Join us for a weekend of deepening friendship and faith in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina!
We are thrilled to have Reverend Robin Dease join us as our guest speaker for the weekend.  
We, as the women of Saint Mark, will carpool up on Friday evening and arrive back home on Sunday afternoon. At Bonclarken we will be staying in hotel-style lodging, with double and single rooms available; and gathering in a large common space, ours for the weekend, for our worship and activities. There will be some free time Saturday afternoon to explore the mountains and enjoy all the area has to offer.   
This is a great opportunity to invite your friends, sister, mother, and/or daughter, so mark your calendar now! Click here to contact Pastor Shawna with any questions, and be on the lookout for registration.

Daylight Savings Time Ends
Turn Your Clock BACK One Hour
Saturday, November 2 
November Gathering
Wednesday, November 13
5:30 pm
Saint Mark Center
Contact: Shawna Darnall
Parents' Night Out
Friday, November 15
5:30 - 9:30 pm
Contact:  Becca Williams  
First Sunday in Advent
Hanging of the Greens
One Combined Service 
Sunday, December 1
10:15 am
Contact: Rev. Todd Davis
Churchwide Covered Dish Lunch
and Advent Workshop
Sunday, December 1
11:30 am
Saint Mark Center
Contact: Rev. Shawna Darnall 
UMW Annual Christmas Luncheon
Saturday, December 7
11:30 am
Commons Room
Contact: Becky Hazelwood 

ARE YOU 50+?
Here are some
Elderberries Events
that might interest you.  Save the date(s) on your calendar. 
Walhalla Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 19
10 am - 2 pm
Covered Dish Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, October 22
12 noon
Commons Room
Bring a salad or dessert
Lunch Bunch
at 313 Cafe
Tuesday, November 26
12 noon
Singing Christmas Tree
Berea First Baptist Church
Greenville, SC
Thursday, December 19
7:00 pm
Free Event 
For more information about our Elderberries ministry or any of these events, click here to contact Marla Fuller.  
Green Dot  
Bystander Intervention Training
Sunday, November 17
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Commons Room

Visualize for a moment the unforgettable image of small red dots spreading across a computer-generated map, symbolizing the incidents of violence. Now imagine the spread of green dots representing the thwarting of acts of violence.  Someone intervened to prevent a tragedy. 

Green Dot is a bystander intervention strategy that
raises awareness of domestic and dating abuse and trains the community in how to be an active bystander when faced with at-risk situations. This training includes both proactive and reactive intervention.

The Green Dot program was founded by Dr. Dorothy
Edwards Director of Violence Intervention and Prevention at the University of Kentucky after she discovered that individuals were not sure how to respond when witnessing a potential sexual assault. Green Dot is used as a training strategy on multiple university campuses across the United States, in cities like Anchorage, Alaska and by the United States Air Force and can be used within our communities - even in the church.
  • Learn the role and responsibility of the bystander
  • Learn how to recognize abusive behaviors
  • Learn how to be equipped with skills to engage friends and family
  • Learn how to change the culture of abuse in Oconee County
Celeste Norris and Suzanne Merrell will be leading the training on November 17.  They were trained in Green Dot Bystander Intervention in 2015 and started offering training in Oconee, Pickens and Anderson Counties. Their desire is to reduce domestic and dating abuse and bullying in the Upstate ONE GREEN DOT AT A TIME.

There will be light refreshments.

There is no cost for this training.  Click here to make your reservation.
The Upstate Continuum of Care is conducting a community forum to discuss the issue of homelessness in our community and how the Continuum can help find resources and fill service gaps to meet the needs. See the details below:

Wednesday, October 23
Session 1: 2pm - 4pm
Session 2: 6pm - 8pm
(You only need to sign up for ONE session)
Gignilliant Hall
621 North Townville St, Seneca, SC

To RSVP, click here to contact Lauren Richardson, Executive Director of Our Daily Rest

Click here to learn more about SC Upstate Continuum of Care
Let's End Racism!
Previously, you received some information from the Church and Society Team about the planned kickoff of a Race Relations effort called the Clemson Area Pledge to End Racism (CAPER).  We would like to inform you that the originally planned Fall 2019 Workshops have  been rescheduled for early next year.
Below, you will find an invitation to attend a meeting on Thursday, October 24 to learn more about this new initiative that builds nicely on the work we did earlier this year at the Racism and Its Impacts series at Saint Mark UMC.
We do hope that you can attend this important Information Session on Thursday, October 24 and ultimately that you will sign up to participate in the Workshops.
If you have any questions, click here to contact Danny Markus, or call him at (864) 508-6622 (please note, this is a new phone number)  
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Clemson Area Pledge to End Racism
Information Session
When: Thursday, October 24, 2019
5:30pm* - 7:30pm (rsvp required)
Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clemson
226 Pendleton Road in Clemson 
Information session highlights:
  • Light supper served *(5:30-6:00pm)
  • Welcome and introductions
  • Reflections on "why and why now"
  • Pledge origins and workshop overview
  • Facilitated small group discussion
  • On-site workshop registration
  • Learn about other local events
  • Volunteer opportunities
Volunteers Needed for BabyRead
BabyRead is an early literacy program dedicated to low-income families in Oconee County. Volunteers are needed to read to moms and their babies or toddlers at public or school libraries twice a month for one hour each time .  
They are, also, looking for volunteers in management, leadership, and administrative positions.  
To become a BabyRead volunteer click here to email Caren at babyread@charter.net. To learn more about BabyRead, click here to go to their website.

Click here to discover the many ways to serve at Saint Mark. Fill out the form and submit it. We will get you plugged in!    

Saint Mark United Methodist Church

616 Quincy Road
Seneca, South Carolina 29678-3820

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors